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Least Chipmunk

Tamius minimus
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Habitat: Open coniferous and aspen forests, sagebrush flats, rocky outcroppings and pastures with small shrubs.

Description: Three dark, and two light stripes on the face, five dark and four light stripes on its body. Overall color is reddish brown. They have extremely long tails compared to body length.

Size: 7.5-11cm, 35-72g

Diet: berries, nuts, seeds, grasses, mushrooms and insects.

Fun Facts: Chipmunks dig underground burrows that are very hard to find, they never leave dirt piles at the entrance.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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European Skipper
Thymelicus lineola

Habitat: The European Skipper can be found on the wing in June and July.  Becoming an invasive species of butterfly, it can be found in the grasslands of central Alberta spreading about 25 km every year.

Description: The European Skipper can be recognized by its bright orange wings marked by dark wing veins.  The edge of the wings are bordered with black.  The aptly named...

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